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A tornado, COVID-19, tariffs, low prices, don't deter Chairman Posey

The Cotton Board Chairman Jeff Posey discusses challenges and successes over the last year. "We haven't quit."

Shelley E. Huguley

July 14, 2020

Producers Jeff and Phiny Posey recently visited with Farm Press in their barn and on the turn row of their drip-irrigated cotton crop near Roby, Texas. Jeff, the 2010 Farm Press High Cotton winner, discussed his term as chairman of The Cotton Board, including challenges and successes and how the board, Cotton Incorporated and the National Cotton Council are working on behalf of cotton producers to increase their bottom line.

The Cotton Board is the oversight and administrative arm of the Cotton Research & Promotion Program. "All the research and promotion is about moving cotton. So, the more cotton moved through the supply chain, the more profit there is in cotton," Posey says.

See, Texas Rolling Plains cotton crop described as mixed bag

Posey's term will end in August. Watch the video above to hear more about what Posey had to say.

See, Walkin' in high cotton 

About the Author(s)

Shelley E. Huguley

Editor, Southwest Farm Press

Shelley Huguley has been involved in agriculture for the last 25 years. She began her career in agricultural communications at the Texas Forest Service West Texas Nursery in Lubbock, where she developed and produced the Windbreak Quarterly, a newspaper about windbreak trees and their benefit to wildlife, production agriculture and livestock operations. While with the Forest Service she also served as an information officer and team leader on fires during the 1998 fire season and later produced the Firebrands newsletter that was distributed quarterly throughout Texas to Volunteer Fire Departments. Her most personal involvement in agriculture also came in 1998, when she married the love of her life and cotton farmer Preston Huguley of Olton, Texas. As a farmwife, she knows first-hand the ups and downs of farming, the endless decisions made each season based on “if” it rains, “if” the drought continues, “if” the market holds. She is the bookkeeper for their family farming operation and cherishes moments on the farm such as taking harvest meals to the field or starting a sprinkler in the summer with the whole family lending a hand. Shelley has also freelanced for agricultural companies such as Olton CO-OP Gin, producing the newsletter Cotton Connections while also designing marketing materials to promote the gin. She has published articles in agricultural publications such as Southwest Farm Press while also volunteering her marketing and writing skills to non-profit organizations such as Refuge Services, an equine-assisted therapy group in Lubbock. She and her husband reside in Olton with their three children Breely, Brennon and HalleeKate.

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